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Saying goodbye to good friends - IBM

How do you say goodbye in a memorable way?

Concept

After working somewhere for 10 years and making a lot of great friends and contacts, I wanted to say goodbye in as memorable a way a possible.

Being known for "doing things differently" and a love for displaying information graphically I wanted to eschew the common "farewell note" that is entirely text, and show off my unique personality.

Implementation

Trying to sum up all the work that I've done, and people that I was impacted by would have been a tall order in text anyway, so I took the graphical approach and let people know that for the most part my time at IBM was wonderful, and that they had a hand in that.

The note was received by ~600 people and commented on by ~200 of them. Many felt flattered to receive the wishes, and commented on the design. One person remarked: "Typical of you, that was the best goodbye email I've ever seen."

The graphic was created in Adobe Illustrator, using a public domain handwriting font.